|Publication number||US7896181 B1|
|Application number||US 12/119,322|
|Publication date||Mar 1, 2011|
|Priority date||May 12, 2008|
|Publication number||119322, 12119322, US 7896181 B1, US 7896181B1, US-B1-7896181, US7896181 B1, US7896181B1|
|Inventors||Michael Jay Francis, Richard M. Ghiloni|
|Original Assignee||Michael Jay Francis, Ghiloni Richard M|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (26), Referenced by (4), Classifications (17), Legal Events (1)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The present invention is directed to a multi-functional bottle including a threaded cap, a protector seal, a tube member, a snap-off cap member, and a bottle to allow a person to have a multi-functional bottle that contains an optional cartridge for storing powdered products, e.g., baby formula, and/or solid objects such as lottery tickets or novelty items.
An object of this invention is to provide a multi-functional bottle to allow a person to easily feed an infant without having to carry a bottle at all times. Another object of this invention is to provide a multi-functional bottle that includes a single cartridge for storing powdered products, e.g., baby formula, and/or solid objects such as lottery tickets or novelty items.
The present invention features a multi-functional bottle comprising a bottle having a neck that is outwardly threaded, the neck has an opening into the bottle, and a tube member having a diameter smaller than the opening of the neck so that the tube member can be inserted into the bottle. In some embodiments, the tube member has a first end and a second end. The first end of the tube member has a protruding lip that is bigger than the opening of the neck to suspend the tube member from the opening of the neck, the first end of the tube member also has an opening, and the second end of the tube member has a narrowing tip, wherein the tip is temporarily sealed off. The multi-functional bottle further comprises a baby nipple having a base ring that can fit and suspend the nipple at the first end of the tube member. The multi-functional bottle further comprises a cap having a partial top and an opening, the opening is sized to accommodate the nipple, the cap further has internal threading to secure the cap to the neck of the bottle. When assembled, the cap threads with the neck of the bottle wherein the partial top of the cap and the neck of the bottle sandwich therein between the nipple base ring and the protruding lip of the tube member.
Any feature or combination of features described herein are included within the scope of the present invention provided that the features included in any such combination are not mutually inconsistent as will be apparent from the context, this specification, and the knowledge of one of ordinary skill in the art. Additional advantages and aspects of the present invention are apparent in the following detailed description and claims. For example, an adult may choose to remove the cartridge and drink the bottled solution (e.g., water, beverage, etc.)
The present invention features a multi-functional bottle comprising a bottle 100 having a neck 312 that is outwardly threaded, where the neck has an opening into the bottle. The bottle also has a tube member 116 having a diameter 300 that is smaller than the diameter opening 310 of the neck so that the tube member can be inserted into the bottle 122. In some embodiments, the tube member 116 has a first end 320 and a second end 330. The first end 320 of the tube member has a protruding lip 340 that has a diameter that is bigger than the opening of the neck 310 to suspend the tube member 116 from the opening of the neck. The first end of the tube member also has an opening, and the second end of the tube member has a narrowing tip, wherein the tip is temporarily sealed off. The advantage of the narrowing tip is to facilitate pouring of the content of the tube member into the bottle without the content being spilled and wasted. The content of the tube member can be sealed off with a breakable tip, wherein breaking the tip allows the content of the tube member to be emptied. The content of the tube member can also be sealed off with a twist-off cap.
The multi-functional bottle further comprises a baby nipple 214 having a base ring 214 b that can fit and suspend the nipple 214 a at the first end of the tube member 320. The multi-functional bottle further comprises a cap 112 having a partial top 112 a and an opening (aperture) 212, where the opening 212 is sized to accommodate the nipple 214. The cap further has internal threading to secure the cap 112 to the neck of the bottle 312. When assembled, the cap 112 threads with the neck 312 of the bottle wherein the partial top 112 a of the cap and the neck 312 of the bottle sandwich therein between the nipple base ring 214 b and the protruding lip of the tube member 340 (
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In certain embodiments, threaded cap portion 112 comprises a plastic material. In certain embodiments, threaded cap portion 112 comprises a standard threaded cap known to one skilled in the art. In certain embodiments, tube member 116 comprises a standard plastic tube known to one skilled in the art. In certain embodiments, snap-off cap member 118 comprises a standard perforated snap-off cap known to one skilled in the art. In certain embodiments, bottle 122 comprises a plastic material. In certain embodiments, bottle 122 comprises a standard bottle known to one skilled in the art.
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In certain embodiments, tube member 116 contains a supplemental powder for an adult. In certain embodiments, tube member 116 houses a drinking straw. In certain embodiments, a person can remove protector seal 114 from threaded cap 112 and insert the drinking straw through aperture 212 (see
In some embodiments, the opening of the first end of the tube member 410 is sealed off by a protector seal 114. In some embodiments, the tube member further comprises a partitioning member 400 to form two compartments, wherein the first compartment holds the nipple 214 and the second compartment holds the cartridge content 314. In some embodiments, the content of the cartridge 314 is a solid object, such as, for example, a lottery ticket, a novelty item, and/or a medication. In some embodiments, after the content 314 of the tube member is removed, the tube member can be reused for storing valuables and the like.
Various modifications of the invention, in addition to those described herein, will be apparent to those skilled in the art from the foregoing description. Such modifications are also intended to fall within the scope of the appended claims. Each reference cited in the present application is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.
Although there has been shown and described the preferred embodiment of the present invention, it will be readily apparent to those skilled in the art that modifications may be made thereto which do not exceed the scope of the appended claims. Therefore, the scope of the invention is only to be limited by the following claims.
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|U.S. Classification||215/11.1, 215/6, 215/11.6, 215/10|
|International Classification||B65D1/04, A61J9/00|
|Cooperative Classification||B65D2547/066, B65D51/28, B65D41/0492, A61J9/008, B65D81/3216, B65D47/06|
|European Classification||B65D47/06, B65D41/04G, B65D51/28, B65D81/32C, A61J9/00E|